Utilities are increasingly turning to e-commerce, or allowing customers to shop for energy products online, as a way to boost energy efficiency program participation.
The electrical grid is looking more and more like a supercomputer. Just as Internet-enabled technology has transformed cars, phones and other everyday devices, big data and code are only beginning to reshape the megastructure that keeps the lights on.
Galesburg, Illinois is a long way from Silicon Valley. There are no Google or Apple offices in the west-central Illinois city, population 32,000, but it is home to at least one scrappy tech firm reinventing how we use an everyday product.
Energy auditors across the U.S. are looking beyond leaky windows and outdated appliances in pursuit of a more holistic approach toward assessing building performance.
The digital divide presents both a problem and an opportunity for the rural electric cooperatives that serve much of downstate Illinois.
As an Illinois utility seeks to boost enrollment in its efficiency programs, it is partnering with neighborhood groups and others to connect with customers, particularly low-income households that could benefit the most.
A 1 megawatt, lithium-ion battery system at Chicago’s landmark Shedd Aquarium will play a broader role in the way electricity supply and demand is balanced across the region.
An Illinois utility’s plan to accelerate and expand deployment of smart meters won approval from state regulators Thursday.
A new study suggests that microgrids – a rarity in today’s power sector – will evolve to become a vital component of the 21st-century grid.
Solar power’s “duck-curve” problem – where solar production and demand peaks don’t align – is rearing its head where grid operators are at the cutting edge of clean energy, recent analysis shows.